4 Arrested in Motorcycle Proposal Stunt

As many as 250 motorcycles stopped on the eastbound Interstate 10 in West Covina on Jan. 27

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013  |  Updated 6:32 PM PDT
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Motorcyclists Shut Down Freeway for Marriage Proposal

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A still from a YouTube video showing a marriage proposal on the 10 Freeway, which was blocked by 300 to 400 motorcyclists for the special -- but illegal -- occasion.

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Bride-to-Be: No Charges in Biker Proposal

A newly engaged couple may have escaped law enforcement after a marriage proposal on the 10 Freeway. An update from Mekahlo Medina on Today in LA, broadcast Feb. 14, 2013.

Motorcyclists Shut Down Freeway for Marriage Proposal

The CHP is investigating a group of about 300 motorcyclists who shut down the 10 freeway in West Covina, Calif., for a marriage proposal Sunday afternoon. Charges could range from misdemeanors to felonies for impeding traffic. Angie Crouch reports from West Covina for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2013.
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Four men -- including the would-be groom -- have been arrested for a marriage proposal stunt in which hundreds of motorcycles blocked a Southern California freeway, authorities said.

The prospective groom and three of his friends were all booked for investigation of misdemeanor public nuisance and participating in an unlawful assembly.

The 24-year-old groom, Hector Martinez of Covina, also was booked for investigation of exhibition of speed, authorities said Tuesday.

As many as 250 motorcycles stopped on the eastbound Interstate 10 in West Covina on Jan. 27 so that Martinez could propose to his girlfriend. At one point, a bike sent up a cloud of pink smoke.

The engagement stunt, which lasted about two minutes, went viral on YouTube.

"They made a spectacle of it," said Sgt. Kurt Stormes of the California Highway Patrol. "It's a slap in the face of law enforcement, in general."

Martinez's bride-to-be accepted the proposal. She is not facing any charges.

Stormes said investigators were able to find the men through social media.

"They bragged about it a lot," Stormes said of the bikers.

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